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EXPO ‘I am an Other’ – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv (IL) – 10 Juin-20 Nov. 2012

« I am an Other »

The sixth exhibit of Israeli jewelry deals with the perception of « the other self, » or the alter ego. Fifty-three artists participating in the exhibit set out on an inner journey, the process resulting in diverse expressions: virtuosic jewelry-makers who are usually meticulous in their work chose to free themselves of the constraints and make room for expression ; some used organic materials; some turned to figurative creation, thus giving the human form an expression of « the other self, » while other artists chose the abstract to convey biographical moments. Some preferred the multitude so as not to focus the idea of « the other self » on a single item, while others preferred simplification and catharsis. It appears that the majority of Israeli jewelry-makers do not wear the jewelry they create, and some wear no jewelry at all. For this exhibit they created jewelry for themselves.

Israeli Jewelry - Shenkar

« The selection of an abstract concept for this exhibition – Alter Ego (the Self as Other) — generated an extensive and riveting dialogue with participating artists. The process that resulted engendered layered and varied works that reflect the multi-faceted nature of this concept.  The underlying premise the artists were invited to consider was the notion that the ornamental artifact — an intimate object placed directly on the body — can represent parts of the Self, including its inverse or hidden elements.  The ornament also draws the gaze of others; the visual cues it offers subtly influence other forms of communication.
The roots of the term alter ego come from ancient Greek philosophy.  When Zeno of Cittium, founder of the Stoic school of Greek Philosophy, was asked, “what is a friend?” he responded: “allos ego,” that is, alter ego.  In a similar vein, Aristotle suggested that a friend should be treated like a second self.  Over time, the word ego came to mean “I” in Latin.  In the modern era, Sigmund Freud extended the word’s meaning when he defined it as a central element of the psyche.  The alter ego has been seen by psychology mainly as the inversion of the way the Self normally presents itself publicly.  But the notion remains vague and elusive.
The alter ego has many cultural expressions: in pop and rock music, where artists embody fictional figures through which they can present new and experimental musical content; in the world of Comics, where an everyday person turns into a superhero; in literature that deals with two sets of personalities within a single person, and more.  Philosophers discussed the alter ego in the context of reciprocal relations, and as part of the effort to understand the Self.  As it turns out, scientists have found that a “mirror neuron network” in the brain allows us to experience the Other’s gestures as though they were our own, so that observing others is an inseparable element of self-understanding.
After they were introduced to the varied cultural manifestations of the alter ego, the jewelry makers were invited to design a jewel that would reflect their own alter ego.  Some artists chose to shed the rigid discipline that characterizes their virtuoso work, and allowed chance to influence the artifact, suggesting an alter ego that is out of control; others chose a figurative image of a face or person meant to convey a miniaturized Self, or created prostheses and additions to the face, embodying aspects of the self that go unexpressed in daily life; several chose animals to convey the complex relation with the Other – an ally or a distant and threatening figure.  Others chose images suggesting motion, such as boats representing sailing from the exterior inwardly and vice versa.  Some artists worked with abstract forms generated from a clear, personal context, forms that permitted a different self to momentarily show through; others worked with round shapes that express the Yin Yang principle and with it the notion that we must harmonize the contradictory elements of the self.  Finally, several artists related to the written word or a writing implement as a way to represent either the Self or the alter ego.
It seems that the exhibition highlights the fact that jewel-craft – a realm of intricate detail – spans a great deal of conceptual space.  Jewelers contract entire worlds into physical artifacts measured in centimeters, but the variety of responses engendered in the vast arena surrounding a single idea is near infinite. » Nirith Nelson,  Curator

The participating artists are:  Merav Oster-RothMichal OrenBianca Eshel GershuniEla BauerVered Babai — Jakob Bloch — Shirly Bar-Amotz — Naama Bergman — Tal Gur — Lena Dubinsky — Nirit DekelEdda Vardimon Gudnason — Noga Hadad — Dana HakimAttai ChenDoron TaubenfeldMicha Yehieli – Shachar Cohen — Tehila Levi Hyndman — Hadas Levin — Gregory Larin — Leonie Philpot — Einat Primo — Gad Charny — Yaacov Kaufman — Ilan Korren — Vered KaminskiEsther Knobel — Doron Rabina — Reddish (Naama Steinbock & Idan Friedman) — Galya Rosenfeld — Kobi Roth — Ifia Rousak — Sivan ShoshanDeganit Stern Schocken

Merav OsterGraduated 2010Graduate WorkMerav Oster-Roth

Esther Knobel, Medals (EXPO Tel-Aviv )Esther Knobel,  Medals

Dana Hakim, My Four Guardian Angles (from the Blue Series) (EXPO Tel-Aviv)Dana Hakim, My Four Guardian Angles (from the Blue Series)

Vered Kaminski, untitled (EXPO Tel-Aviv)Vered Kaminski, untitled

Merav Oster Rot,  20% shipwreck (EXPO Tel-Aviv)Merav Oster Rot,  20% shipwreck

Tehila Levi Hindman - Subala (EXPO Tel-Aviv)Tehila Levi Hindman – Subala
Shirly Bar-Amotz, Wheat (EXPO Tel-Aviv)Shirly Bar-Amotz, Wheat

Bianca Eshel-Gershuni | ביאנקה אשל-גרשוני  Bianca Eshel-Gershuni – Earring, ca. 1980 – Shell, aluminum foil, feathers, metal, glass beads
Deganit Stern Schocken | דגנית שטרן שוקןDeganit Stern Schocken – Body piece, 1993 – Nickel silver, stainless steel, silver, paper, shell

  Gregory Larin | PhantomGregory Larin – Phantom

Attai chenAttai Chen

Google Erath Brooch by Kobi Roth    "Kobi Roth creates small landscapes, in a series of loose stains and figurative images. The foundation of his works allows an equal role in the manipulation of solder and raw materials used in traditional jewelry: gold, silver, precious stones, enamel, etc."Kobi RothGoogle Earth Brooch 

EINATPRIMOEinat Primo chains

wood_ring by Vered Babai - Jewellery from Tel AvivVered Babai  – wood ring

Angel Pendant by Edda Vardimon-Gudnason   (IL)  -   "Edda Vardimon-Gudnason works reflect the quest for equilibrium between contradictions: The incidental vs. the intentional; the emotional vs. the rational; enigma and ambivalence vs. a statement. Personal symbols, brought forth through a reductive process toward an abstraction that resemble the inspirational sources of nature."Edda Vardimon-Gudnason  – Angel Pendant

EXPO 'I am an Other' - Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv (IL) - 10 Juin-20 Nov. 2012 dans Attai CHEN (IL)Michal Orenon the contrary (from the series “thinking about places”) : 2009 / oxidized silver

dekel_large2 dans Bianca ESHEL GERSHUNI (IL)

Nirit Dekel

Sivan Shoshan (IL) (Bezalel school)Sivan Shoshan

Micha Yehieli (IL)  http://www.michayehieli.comMicha Yehieli

Doron Taubenfeld (IL) - recycling collectionDoron Taubenfeld  – recycling collection ring



2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69975

book_womanstales dans BOOKS / BIBLIO
Women’s Tales FOUR LEADING ISRAELI JEWELERS – The first comprehensive study of Israeli contemporary jewelry by focusing on careers of four of its leading women jewelers: Bianca Eshel-Gershuni, Vered Kaminski, Esther Knobel, and Deganit Stern Schocken. Text: Davira Taragin, AlexWard Helen W. Drutt English 128 pages, 80 color plates 2006, English


EXPO ‘CHAINED APART’ – Gallery Complete, Tel Aviv (IL) – 11 Aout-21 oct. 2011


Chained Apart is an exhibition of international contemporary jewellery works by Coral Cohen, Lucie Gledhill, Heela Harel, Liana Pattihis, Einat Primo and Maud Traon showing at Gallery Complete, Tel Aviv.



Coral Cohen

EXPO 'CHAINED APART' - Gallery Complete, Tel Aviv (IL) - 11 Aout-21 oct. 2011 dans Coral COHEN (IL) Coral_Cohen01_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011Coral_Cohen02_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Einat PRIMO (IL)

 Coral Cohen lives and works in Tel Aviv. She graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv in 2010 and in the year since has participated in exhibitions both in Israel and abroad including The Private Life of Sculpture at the Traver Gallery, Seattle. Consume is Cohen’s new collection of one-off rings and brooches where the mechanical mass-produced chain is chewed-up and then disgorged, turning it back into the decorative feature. Her jewellery is skillfully made and fuses the macabre with the idea of growth and decay resulting in playful, beautiful yet often sinister jewellery / craft sculptures.


Lucie Gledhill

Lucie_Gledhill01_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_APart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Exposition/ExhibitionLucie_Gledhill02_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Gal. Complete (IL)

Lucie Gledhill is a jewellery designer from London. She studied at the Royal College of Art in 2007-2009 where she developed her passion for chain and love for jewellery-making processes as an experiential medium of expression. With conceptual art influences, her Chain of Thought collection links together handmade solid silver components and the exploration of scale and form. As her work has developed she finds herself drawn to manipulating mass-produced chain to create clean lines and smooth shapes, all the while finding gradual inspiration from the physical act of making.


Heela Harel

Heela_Harel01_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Heela HAREL (IL)Heela_Harel02_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Israel (IL)

 Heela Harel lives and works in Florentine, Tel Aviv and is a 2006 graduate of Fashion Design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. In her years since college she has continued her career in design and has maintained work both in film and production as well as a fashion writer in Ha’ir magazine and columnist in Rating magazine. Her new collection #1 of neon thread and ‘frozen’ linked chain is her first jewellery ensemble from her accessories label Hi! Her work is graphic in nature and is inspired by her travel influences and is an extension of her eclectic career.

Liana Pattihis

Liana_Pattihis01_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Liana PATTIHIS (CY/UK)Liana_Pattihis02_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Lucie GLEDHILL (UK)

Liana Pattihis is from Cyprus and since 1980 has lived and worked in London. Her art jewellery stretches the boundaries of what can be achieved with enamel as a medium. With her own unique method of sifting and fusing enamel on a movable base, she often uses silver and gold chain to make necklaces and brooches which ultimately cannot be pre-conceived; each piece is allowed to create itself. In the years since she graduated from Middlesex University in 2007 she has made astounding works for many exhibitions around the world including SOFA (represented by Charon Kransen Arts) and continues to rewrite her signature style and expertise with enamel.
Einat Primo

Einat_Primo01_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011 dans Maud TRAON (FR)Einat_Primo02_Leonie_Philpot_Chained_Apart_Gallery_Complete_2011

Einat Primo is from Israel and currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She has participated in a number of contemporary jewellery shows at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv and won the 1989 Shapiro prize for Judaica during her Jewellery and Metalwork studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem between 1987 and 1991. Her work is a curious combination of symbols, texture and motif often resulting in ambiguous forms of jewellery; she crosses boundaries between craft, bead work and metalwork often using pixels and dots to draw and imitate traditional forms or motifs found in popular culture. Her chains follow the pattern of ribbons in their flexibility and take on the form of links in the their repetitive sequences.


Maud Traon


 Maud Traon is from France and is a leading international artist in her field of art jewellery. She is an award winner for pushing boundaries in jewellery design and has gained extensive academic and institutional acclaim for her avant-garde designs with her colourful, oversized rings-as-sculptures. Often using ready-made and throwaway plastic toys and glitter, she explores the mixing-together of consumable materials and the idea of longevity inherent in jewellery to produce provocative and seductive objects. Recently selling work at Collect 2011 at the Saatchi Gallery and showcasing in the Electrum Gallery shop window installation project this summer in London, her work is continuing to grow in the UK and France predominantly. La Misere Serait Moins Penible au Soleil (Misery Would Be Less Painful in the Sun) is the title of one of her pieces exhibited in Chained Apart and shows her playful poetic license, merging together mass-produced junk with ideals of beauty and artistically crafting scenarios with unexpected materials.


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